Overdose Prevention & Harm Reduction: Support Others

Abou​t Harm Reduction | Taking Care of Each Other | Indigenizing Harm Reduction | Take-Home Naloxone | FNHA Indigenous ​Wellness Program

​​​​​​About Harm​​ Reduction

Harm reduction aims to meet people where they are at with open arms, acceptance, and compassion, not judgment or shame. Harm reduction recognizes that every life is valuable and that substance use and addiction are complex and challenging. 

Video ShortsA Harm Reduction Approach to Supporting People in Your Life Who Use Substances (YouTube playlist of 8 videos)
Panel Discussion: A Harm Reduction Approach to Substance Use​ (Podcast: Dr. Nel Wieman and Len Pierre, December 8, 32 minutes)​

Responding to Overdose with Compassion (Dr. Nel Wieman, September 11, 31 seconds)
Using Compassion to Tackle the Stigma of Addiction​ (news article)
Peer Outreach Worker Interv​iew (National Addictions Awareness Week) 
FNHA CEO Messag​e (National Addictions Awareness Week)​​​ 

Taking Care o​f Each Other

FNHA and Vancouver Coastal Health worked with filmmaker Asia Youngman to create a video series about Indigenous Harm Reduction. These videos are a teaching tool to help start discussions in Indigenous communities about harm reduction, substance use, and stigma, all from Indigenous perspectives.

We were especially interested in sharing the perspective of our dearly missed friend and colleague, Tracey Morrison. At the time of filming, Tracey was the president of the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society. We are grateful that we are able to share her inspiring words as we host these important discussions in Indigenous communities across the province and beyond.​​

 Teaching Companion to Video Series (guide)
 Video 1: Harm Reduction 
 Video 2: Indigenizing Harm Reduction
 Video 3: Resisting Stigma 
​ Video 4: Hopes for the Future​​​

Indigenizing Harm Reduction

 Indigenizing Harm Reduction UBC Learning Circle (video)

Take-Home Naloxone

Take Home Naloxone is a provincial program run through the BC Centre for Disease Control that aims to expand access to naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug that prevents overdose death. 

Physicians and Nurse Practitioners can write prescriptions for Naloxone. With the expansion of this program, Naloxone kits can also be ordered and dispensed by registered nurses to people with past or current opioid use (prescription or non-prescription). It is crucial for community health nurses to be engaged with people who are using drugs; otherwise, this life-saving treatment will not reach those most in need.

Registe​ring a Site

To register your community as a Take Home Naloxone site, complete  Take Home Naloxone: Information for New Sites and fax to (604) 707-2516. 

If you have any questions about the registration process, email:  outreach@towardtheheart.com

For more information, see  Toward the Heart​.


 Harm Reduction and Take Home Naloxone in BC First Nations Communities (FNHA news item)
 Take Home Naloxone: Information for New Sites (Toward the Heart, 2015)
 BC Harm Reduction Strategies and Services Policy and Guidelines (2014)
 Harm Reduction & Take Home Naloxone in First Nations Communities (FNHA presentation 2011)
 Community Naloxone Program for RN non-Certified Practice Implementation – BC CDC Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (FNHA letter to community health nurses, 2015)
 Decision Support Tool (DST) for the use of naloxone HCl (Narcan) in the management of suspected opioid overdose in outreach and harm reduction settings (BCCDC, 2013)

Naloxone Availability

 Harm Reduction Principles & Practices (fact sheet)
 Prescription Is Not Required for Naloxone and Other Treatments for First Nations Peoples in BC (fact sheet) 
 For Pharmacists: Naloxone available at no cost to First Nations in BC (fact sheet)​​​

FNHA Indigenous ​​Wellness Program

 Program fact sheet​

 FNHA Overdose Prevention & Harm Reduction Information

 Public Health Info Lines

BC Drug & Poison Info Centre (Anonymous Non-Emergency Assistance): 1-800-567-8911

Healthlink BC: 811

 Please Note

​​This material may trigger unpleasant feelings or thoughts. Please contact the 24 Hour KUU-US Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717 if you need emotional support.​